10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday
Create a Window of Reflection
Most people spend a lot more time reacting -- to employee issues, customer requests, market conditions, etc -- than they do reflecting. Schedule a little quiet time. Close your door and think. Better yet, go for a walk. Exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does; walking just 40 minutes three days a week builds new brain cells and improves memory functions. And don't worry that something bad will happen while you're gone -- most of the time the issues you avoid will solve themselves.